Mabizela given a lifeline

2011-08-03 00:00

FORMER Bafana Bafana captain Mbulelo Mabizela has been thrown a lifeline by Ajax Cape Town, who have invited him for assessment down in the Mother City this week.

The talented Pietermaritzburg-born player — who has a reputation for ill discipline — will look to seize the opportunity presented by Ajax, according to his agent, Mike Makaab.

“One must thank Ajax for welcoming the player for assessment. He’s aware that this is the chance he can’t afford to throw away given that clubs were a bit reluctant to offer him a job.

“I can promise you, he’s got his head right now and all he wants is to get back into the field and play,” said the agent.

Mabizela’s last club was Platinum Stars where his stay was shrouded in controversy, the kicking of a fan incident being said to have contributed to his being released at the end of last season.

It is difficult to write about Mabizela, who made history by becoming a senior national team member at the age of 20, without mentioning his issues with discipline.

Before the Platinum stint, he had turned out for Mamelodi Sundowns upon returning from an unsuccessful European sojourn.

After being snapped up by English Premiership side Tottenham Hotspur following a buccaneering role at Orlando Pirates, Mabizela could not cut it.

However, to underline his incredible talent, the sensational goal for Spurs he scored against Leicester City is featured amongst Spurs’ Best 100 goals.

After hardly six months at Sundowns, he was found guilty of using a banned substance, with a six months sentence being meted out to him. He was linked with a move back to Pirates, but the arrival of defender Siyabonga Sangweni from Lamontville Golden Arrows meant the door was shut on him.

His reputation further put paid to intended moves to Arrows and Maritzburg United during the off season.

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